To take my son to A&E?
RunningDay · 26/04/2011 20:36
My DS is 2 years old and "fell" in the playground on Sunday. (He didn't really fall, but he landed badly on his foot when climbing down from some equipment - with me there to help him )
Fast forward to today, he's not complained of any pain since the fall, but he's limping and I don't think it's improving.
I just took him to the out of hours doctor and they tried to x-ray him but said it needs at least two people in protective suits to restrain him for the x-ray, and so I have no choice but to take him to the hospital if I want him to be looked at.
I work full-time, so I would either need to take time off to go during the day, or I can take him tonight. (Or not at all )
I phoned the hospital to check how busy they were, and they said it's a quiet night so we may be waiting an hour or so.
Is it unfair/unreasonable to take him to A&E tonight?
worraliberty · 26/04/2011 20:41
I'd take time off work and take him in the day.
It's late now, it's not particularly warm, he'll be tired, the waiting times in A&E are very rarely as described because that's just the wait to see someone and get an X-Ray.
You could be waiting a few hours after that for a Dr to actually look at the X-Rays and make a diagnosis.
RunningDay · 26/04/2011 20:43
He went to nursery today and was fine, though they didn't take him out for a walk with the other children because of the limp.
It's unfair on him mainly, he hates doctors and cries so much, and I can't go in with him to the x-ray as may be pregnant.
Think we'd better go though, it's only putting off the inevitable to leave it till tomorrow.
pantaloons · 26/04/2011 20:45
My dd was 2 last year, she fell down a few of our stairs and started limping. She didn't really complain about pain, but didn't want to put weight on it. We popped her to the local walk in centre who said she would be screaming if it was broken and sent us home. The next day she was still limping so we took her to a minor injuries unit, they had a proper look at her and she sat whilst they x rayed her. She had broken a small bone and spent a few weeks in plaster!
So, yes, I would take him.
chicletteeth · 26/04/2011 20:46
You can walk on a break.
My nephew did for six days but didn't moan about it and when they discovered it was broken (x-ray) it had already begun to heal.
Fortunately in his case, it had begun to heal in a good position otherwise a re-break may have been on the cards!
PumpkinBones · 26/04/2011 20:47
I was going to say I would go tonight, but then I read you don't have a car. 40 minutes is a long-ish walk if its so late you've missed the last bus, and it's already pretty late. Also, if it needs 2 people to restrain him, you might need to wait ages for those additional people to be available - as they have fewer staff at night. I would take time off work and go first thing. Is he already asleep?
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